Mako Vunipola: England must learn ahead of Australia Test

Ruben Hill
November 14, 2017

"It shouldn't happen again", said Vunipola.

The Australian is now preparing his team for this Saturday's visit of Australia, a team that Jones himself used to coach, and renews a rivalry with his old adversary Michael Cheika.

"I apologise for using poor language", said Jones. "It's not acceptable so I apologise for that and I'll find a different way to express my frustration in the future", said the Tasmanian.

"I got a phone call this morning from my mother, who is 93, rapping me over the knuckles. My mother, who is 93, rang up from Australia and said 'please don't swear". "I'm sure there will be a few Aussies out there who will create a bit of party in the stands and every time you play against Australia the atmosphere is going to be great".

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"Whilst we're upset that we didn't play better, we're also proud of the fact that we found a way to win".

"Ultimately the responsibility always comes back to me so If the players weren't able to do it, I didn't coach them well enough".

The game was won 21-8 but Jones knows there has to be a significant uplift in performance against Australia on Saturday if he is to maintain his unbeaten record against his own country as England coach. There is still a cohesiveness we need to work on.

"They're playing some good rugby and are probably the form team in the world at the moment". "They're one of the best in the world and we saw a few weeks ago against New Zealand that is was a great performance".

As for a faltering display against the Pumas, Jones said had to carry the can. "It shows how passionate both Johnno and Eddie are".

"He's making the team tick and that's what they want to do, they want to attack you and play with tempo and he's massively key to that". It shows how much he cares and how much he wants us to be as good as we can be.

Winger Jonny May has resumed full training after recovering from a hamstring injury, while Jones wouldn't disclose whether there would be recalls for Farrell and Itoje - announced Monday as nominees for World Rugby's 2017 Player of the Year award.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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